The dead bodies are piling up and congress and the NRA have blood dripping from their hands.
Although it appears that US lawmakers are completely powerless to stop the deaths from mass shootings, the truth is, they are simply afraid to stand up to the NRA. They’re afraid they won’t get campaign contributions from the gun industry if they pass laws that could keep assault weapons off our streets.
It has never been more obvious then now, that money and protecting their own jobs is more important to politicians than the lives of Americans.
As horrible as that sounds, it may not be the most despicable act of congress. That belongs to the apparent requirement to get pre-approval from the NRA to vote on gun control legislation.
So while our politicians try to sound tough on terrorism, they are, in reality, nothing more than a spineless collection of money-begging puppets.
Not a single American has ever voted for the NRA as a candidate on a ballot. Yet they have more power to make (and block) laws than any elected lawmaker. That’s what happens when you have a political system with a corrupt corporate mentality that puts money before human life.
In the wake of the Orlando shootings that left 50 Americans dead and dozens more in hospitals, pressure for the NRA to give lawmakers permission to do something to stop the killing has been ramped up. Now, for the first time in a long time, there may be a chance for the tiniest little bit of sanity to come to the gun control debate.
On Thursday, senate Democrats led by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) ended a 15 hour filibuster for gun control reform – and won. The move means that the Republican controlled senate, which had previously blocked all other gun reform, will finally bring a bill to the floor for a vote.
Sen. Murphy said in a statement:
“It is our understanding … that we have been given a commitment on a path forward to get votes on the floor of the Senate — on a measure to assure that those on the terrorist watch list do not get guns and an amendment … to expand background checks to gun shows and to internet sales.”
If passed, it is not expected to be a miracle cure for gun violence and mass shootings. But it is a step in the right direction.
Until politicians grow a spine and actually do the jobs they were elected to do, they will still be holding the blood-stained money the NRA puts in their hands. And Americans will never be safe until their lives don’t come with a price tag.
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*** Maryann Tobin is the author of “Afterlife: The Journey Of A Dog’s Spirit”
This heartwarming story is told through the eyes of an animal spirit that has been sent back to earth in the body of a small dog. His mission is to help a young woman discover that their destiny’s are more connected to the powers of the Spirit World than either of them ever imagined. If you’ve ever shared your life with a dog or any other pet, you will never look at them the same way again after reading this book. Afterlife: The Journey of a Dog’s Spirit is available now on Amazon.com.